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Penn-Trafford rallies to support rival after crisis

| Thursday, April 10, 2014, 2:45 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Trafford Star Anne Nannlone and Areana Hensler sign the banner during lunch last Friday. Penn Trafford students are showing their support for neighboring Franklin Regional by declaring last Friday blue and gold day and signing a large banner, 'Stay Strong', to be sent to FRHS when they return to school this week.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Trafford Star Evan Guest signs the banner supporting Frankln Regioal during lunch last Friday. Penn Trafford students are showing their support for neighboring Franklin Regional by declaring last Friday blue and gold day and signing the large banner, 'Stay Strong', to be sent to FRHS when they return to school this week.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Trafford Star Penn Trafford students show their support for neighboring Franklin Regional by declaring last Friday blue and gold day and signing a large banner, 'Stay Strong', to be sent to FRHS when they return to school this week.

Franklin Regional hasn't felt like much of a rival to Penn-Trafford over the past week.

The usual, healthy competition between neighboring school districts vanished in the moments immediately after the April 9 stabbing attack inside Franklin Regional Senior High School.

P-T administrators rushed to help Franklin officials reunite unharmed students with their parents; P-T students traded in their green-and-gold garb on April 11 to wear Franklin's blue and gold in support.

Penn-Trafford School Board members requested a moment of silence at their meeting Monday night for the 21 injured students and one security guard. Four still were hospitalized -- including three in critical condition -- as of Monday night.

“I know they're improving, but they have a long way to go,” school board President Toni Ising said.

P-T students, who signed a banner saying they stood with Franklin students, are arranging a sale of FR-themed T-shirts as a fundraiser for the victims.

Penn-Trafford has been one of several districts in the region to step up in some way or another, Franklin Regional officials said.

“I'm very appreciative of their support and assistance, and look forward to having continued, as promised, support and assistance as we move through and deal with this tragedy as a community and as a school family,” Franklin Regional Superintendent Jamie Piraino said.

Staff Writer Renatta Signorini contributed to this story.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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